Muddling in the Heat: 2012 Update

So you take a sip,  sweet, cool and refreshing; you close your eyes in delight as your throat beings to burn.  When I was a kid, some nut-job yogi friend of my mom gave me some of his cayenne lemonade.  It was some sort of alleged health tonic with all sorts of healing properties.  Funny little…

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Dad’s Gin

One day when looking for a present for my father the idea struck me to doctor up some gin.  I had a pretty bottle with a swing top that I wanted to use for something and I had plenty of gin. I have written before about my enjoyment of and…

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Shaking the Dust from the Dead

Today is National Absinthe Day and is as good a day as any to enjoy an absinthe cocktail.  Also, as my friend Eva says, “Halloween is Coming,” so as a gentle nod to my two favorite holidays, here is a classic absinthe cocktail designed to wake the dead. Sometimes when you are…

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The Dirty Vesper

To celebrate the birthday of the CIA (founded September 18, 1947), today’s cocktail recipe is an old espionage classic – the Dirty Vesper martini.  Inspired by James Bond’s cocktail of choice in Casino Royale (an icy blend of vodka, gin and Lillet, garnished with a peel of lemon and called…

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The Cherry Reviver

So I wanted to make a Corpse Reviver #2, but had run out of Lilet Blanc.   Inspired by other variations, I swapped the Lilet for Maraska Maraschino Cherry Liqueur and added a squeeze of blood orange for a nice pink color.  One guest recommended I call this “The Panty Dropper” – although…

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